DAVID HENRY HWANG
Playwright & Chairman, American Theatre Wing
David Henry Hwang’s work includes Pulitzer Prize finalistYellow Face, his Tony-nominated revival of Flower Drum Song, the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad and FOB, and the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author) and Disney’s Tarzan. He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist, and a writer/producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series “The Affair.” Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hwang is a Tony Award winner (M. Butterfly) and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Recent honors include the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright “Mimi” Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award and the 2015 IPSA Distinguished Artist Award. He is Chair of the American Theatre Wing and sits on the board of the Lark Play Development Center. Hwang was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre, and currently serves as head of playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts, and as the Artistic Ambassador for Silk Road Rising in Chicago. In 1998, East West Players named its new mainstage The David Henry Hwang Theatre. His latest show, Soft Power, a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori, recently premiered in Los Angeles and San Francisco.